- Copertina rigida: 336 pagine
- Editore: Doubleday (14 febbraio 2013)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0857521616
- ISBN-13: 978-0857521613
- Peso di spedizione: 522 g
- Media recensioni: 3.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 919.585 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
Ghostman (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 14 feb 2013
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"This is a quite astonishing debut from a 24-year-old who drafted it while he was a student in Oregon. Incredibly mature, impeccably researched and written with supreme panache, it starts with a casino heist that goes spectacularly wrong ... There are strands of James Sallis in the internal conversations, but on top of these comes a freshness and a swagger that is impossible to ignore. It moves like a black mamba and is every bit as deadly. Fierce, taut and with an intensity that burns the lungs, I doubt whether there will be a debut thriller to match it this year, or even next." (Geoffrey Wansell DAILY MAIL)
"Hobbs, who is 24, recounts Ghostman's adventures with startling and sparkling assurance, as evident in flash back scenes set in Kuala Lumpur as in all the mayhem and mind games in New Jersey. A star is born? Quite possibly." (John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES)
"Full of authentic detail, seedy locations and a high corpse count, it keeps you hooked until the very last page." (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
"This thrilling tale of the bloody aftermath of a casino heist gone wrong reads as if it were written by an expert in safe-cracking and bank robbing... Brilliantly clever, gripping and action-packed, it's narrated by the mysterious Ghostman, who's hired to put right botched jobs. Utterly original and bound to become a big-budget movie." (SUNDAY MIRROR)
"Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately!" (LEE CHILD)
Descrizione del libro
People see what you tell them to see . . .
Oceans Eleven meets Drive meets Lee Child in this extraordinary pulse-pounding debut from the most exciting new thriller writer of the yearVisualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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The plot revolves around a casino robbery in Atlantic City and a debt the Ghostman owes to a jugmarker - a master criminal who organizes and executes large-scale robberies. In this case, there are double and triple-crosses, a huge sum of money, a thrilling back-story and a super abundance of delicious detail of how crime on an industrial scale is planned and executed. If Ocean's Eleven (2001) had a grittier more authentic element to it, you'd be close to the mark here. What is all the more amazing is that this authentic-feeling crime drama was written by a 24 year-old Reed college graduate.
It is not often that I am so enthusiastic about an author or a book - this is one of the unusual instances where I am. That Hobbs tragically died having written only two books is crime in and of itself. For fans of thrillers, crime novels, or simply a well-crafted and well-written story, I give _Ghost Man_ my highest recommendation.
He is the narrator of this story, which actually tells of two heists. One was five years ago in Kuala Lumpur and did not end well, and then the present day robbery in Atlantic City.
This story is full of interesting facts and figures about the robbery business, from cool gadgets to lengthy explanations of each person's role in heists.
I especially liked the explanations of how "Jack" disappears during and after a job.
This was a fast-paced read. It was filled with unappealing characters but it drew me in nonetheless. It kept me interested enough, so that even though I have mixed feelings about the book, I'm now going to read the second book in the series - VANISHING GAMES.
I think the author has great potential and we probably should forgive him the problems with this first book. As with many young authors, he has too many ideas. Robb may think the Atlantic City and the Kuala Lumpur story play neatly off each other, but they don't. The KL story is overwritten, and is actually not necessary to explain the Atlantic City story. This back story for the Ghostman could have been dealt with in a chapter, at most. I started to get annoyed with how much time was being spent on this KL story, as it slowed down, and not in a good way, the initial tension generated by the Atlantic City story.
The other issue is that Robb seems to have a problem writing women. The two female characters who have significant roles are never fleshed out properly. I came away not knowing why their characters did what they did, especially in the supposedly formative relationship in the KL story.
Robb has obviously read Lee Child. If he has not already done so, he should read all of Rchard Stark's series of Parker novels about an amoral thief. His Ghostman owes a lot to Stark.
From a literary perspective, the book is, in my opinion, a satisfying thriller. The writing is sound, and easy to read (if a bit wooden and long-winded at times); the characters are believable and functional; the story is engaging and coherent (though it does wax hyperbolic towards the end, I thought). As a novel, 'Ghostman' didn't quite knock me out of my socks, but it was solid enough for me to finish it without issue.
However, what I found most worthwhile about the book is its intellectual aspect. Namely, the author did a good job of exploring the unconventional psychology and novel logistics which factor into crime, as to present an interesting (and quite valid) sociological study. This element was what I hoped for when buying the book (since, in my experience, such fictional depictions can serve as powerful learning tools, as to yield real-world, universal knowledge about things with no relation to crime), and I was not disappointed. By seeing things through the Ghostman's eyes (however imaginary or theoretical they may be), I was forced to reexamine the world and my place in it, thus gaining some perspective and a more sound understanding of myself -- and all from a work of fiction, no less. Cool.
All in all, I finished 'Ghostman' feeling equally educated and entertained. Good stuff.
My sincere thanks goes out to this book's author, subjects, and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work and service.